Open Letter from the CEO: Supply Chain Shortages & Looming Price Increases

Open Letter from the CEO: Supply Chain Shortages & Looming Price Increases

Manufacturers and distributors across the globe are experiencing significant disruptions to their supply chains, which, is resulting in a scarcity of raw materials such as semiconductors, long lead times, and significant price increases for goods – even freight charges which have soared a whopping 400% in recent months. And, while no one knows how long this will last, sourcing experts say the outlook is grim, as they expect disruptions to last for longer than 12 months.

Many of our suppliers are already facing depleted inventories, and are bracing for price increases, higher rates of delayed shipments, and longer lead times for confirmed orders.

In light of these circumstances we are urging our clients and partners to be strategic to mitigate these circumstances, and we encourage you to speak to your Starlite Project Manager as soon as possible regarding any current or pending projects, or concerns you may have. Our goal is to adapt and navigate as best as we can to minimize the impact of these current conditions.

A few things you can do now:

  1. If you have a pending project – or if you are close to making a decision, do not delay. Place your order as soon as possible to avert or minimize any negative impact. Generally speaking, we can hold written quotations for 30-days, so if you can commit, you will be price-protected.
  2. Another alternative would be to pay for your equipment now (even though you may not be ready for your project) to lock in the pricing. If you do not have the space to store the equipment, Starlite may be able to store it for a nominal fee.
  3.  When planning a new project, factor in higher budgets and an extended timeline
We have been designing, engineering, and building world-class systems since 1983, and despite these circumstances, we remain committed to designing and completing your important projects and providing the value you deserve.
Dean Danowitz

CEO/Founder, Starlite

Projection Mapping: Greensboro Science Center

Projection Mapping: Greensboro Science Center

The Greensboro Science Center – a zoo, aquarium, museum, and treetop adventure park in Greensboro, North Carolina – decided to create a Winter Wonderlights extravaganza this year as a way to “Celebrate the holidays with your loved ones surrounded by shimmering lights, brilliant colors, and joyful sounds of the season!” while still outdoors.

The Science Center hired renowned producers GES to create and develop the concept. GES then called on their relationship with Starlite to provide technical elements – lighting, video, and audio – throughout the zoo.

One of the components Starlite was tasked with was transforming a 42-foot wide barn into a larger-than-life immersive gingerbread house through large-format projection mapping. 

Starlite used Christie DLP high-output projectors in Tempest outdoor climate-controlled enclosures. The content was delivered and video-mapped with Mac servers running QLAB software. 

GES provided the show concept and produced the video content. 

Starlite utilized show control to automate the functions of the media server, projectors, and audio equipment. This allowed for a more streamlined process for the on-site technicians.

The show ran each evening, from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day.

Trenton Makes Bridge Featuring New LED Lighting

Trenton Makes Bridge Featuring New LED Lighting

Owner: Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission

The iconic “TRENTON MAKES THE WORLD TAKES” message on the Trenton Makes Bridge, formally named the Lower Trenton Toll-Supported Bridge, was recently upgraded from its 1935 red neon tubing to LED lighting. The LED lighting offers a more dependable light source which is energy efficient and less costly to maintain and upgrade. The color of the letters can also be changed, allowing Trenton to sync the color of the iconic message with holiday or event-themed colors.

This article was originally published online by Urban Engineers on April 16, 2019.

Starlite Collaborates With Local Artist During Papal Visit In Philadelphia

Starlite Collaborates With Local Artist During Papal Visit In Philadelphia

Starlite and local artist, Meg Saligman have an extensive history of working together on one-of-a-kind projects – and this project was indeed unique and challenging.

The challenge was threefold:

First, we were tasked with projecting high-resolution images incorporating the iconic architectural features of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul on an extremely oxidized copper dome (i.e. aqua).

We chose the Barco HDQ-2K40 projector which, with its 40,000-lumen output we were reasonably confident that it would do the trick, even though getting the 462-pound projector to the top floor would be a bear.

Next, projecting on a domed surface required the use of pixel mapping, which Starlite handled via it’s Hippotizer V4 media server.

Lastly, we had to locate the projector some 400 feet away from the dome, on the top floor of a hotel across the street, which was in the midst of a renovation…and just to make it a bit more challenging – where the Secret Service were positioned!

The content featured a 15-minute video reel consisting of various religious imagery and symbolizations that played on a loop every night of the World Meeting of Families.

While a project of this caliber requires weeks or months of planning and coordination, it is exhilarating to see such a historical go off flawlessly.

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